Cornerstones of Democracy
Civics | Civility | Collaboration
May 1, 2023

The 2023 Law Day theme will be “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.” We invite all the people of the United States to join us, May 1, 2023, in rebuilding trust in our institutions, respect for one another, and our willingness to collaborate to address the challenges that face our nation.

In recent years, tensions in our democratic system have revealed deep divisions in American society. These divisions are aggravated by incivility in public discourse and insufficient understanding among many people about the Constitution and the way American government works. Together, however, we can collaborate to overcome our differences, resolve our disputes, and preserve our democracy and republic. To that end, we call on members of the legal profession to lead the way in promoting civics, civility, and collaboration—the cornerstones of our democracy.    Read More...



The California Association of Youth Courts and the National Association of Youth Courts partnered with an exhibit for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges conference in Reno, Nevada, July 17-20 to showcase how youth courts across the country are working to lower juvenile crime in their communities. Through early intervention youth courts are addressing truancy in an effort to constrain the School to Prison Pipeline and by using restorative justice and trauma informed principles are holding youth accountable for low level offences. Pictured is Wesley Liu a CAYC Youth Advisory Board member and CAYC Vice President Derek Beverly.

Effective July 1, 2021, pursuant to Senate Bill 823, a new Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) operates within the California Health & Human Services (CalHHS) Agency. Supporting the transition of justice involved youth being served in local communities, the OYCR will promote a youth continuum of services that are trauma responsive and culturally informed, using public health approaches that support positive youth development, build the capacity of community-based approaches, and reduce the justice involvement of youth.


California Prepares for a ‘Future Without Youth Prisons’

In a historic shift aimed at reversing decades of poor outcomes for youth offenders and public safety, California is closing its Division of Juvenile Justice. Now it’s the job of former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Lucero, that court’s first appointed Latina judge, to smooth the transition from punishment to a more therapeutic approach.

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California Association of Youth Courts is a charitable non-profit corporation. (IRS Code 501(c)3 - EIN 26-3678335)